It had been a long week- two nights of student-led conferences, a teacher evaluation meeting with my administrator. Add finishing report cards to that mix and preparation for MStep, and I had survived the perfect storm. Needless to say, we were tired. I needed to do something that would make our hearts sing. My students needed it, too!
So, I introduced my third and fourth graders to Georgia's paintings. Georgia O'Keefe makes my heart sing. I began by sharing a short mini-biography I had authored, and then I read aloud My Name is Georgia by Jeanette Winter. This delightful picture book is a biography of Georgia O'Keefe. From the time she was just a young girl, Georgia O'Keeffe saw the world differently than those around her. While other girls wore braids and played with toys, Georgia practiced her drawing. She let her hair flow free. Georgia followed her love of art throughout her life. This book shows how Georgia followed her dream of becoming an artist and shared her unique vision of the world.
Again, I modeled taking my quick write ideas and using them to write the lines of my poem. Students followed suit, trying it on their own. My poem is below:
This month, I've linked up with some other great educators for Teacher Talk. Check out their classroom antics below!